Oran Kivity & Sean Sumner
I’m a British acupuncturist living and working in Malaysia. I graduated from a TCM college in the UK in 1987 but after about ten years I retrained in Japanese acupuncture methods, namely Manaka-Style Acupuncture and later, Toyohari. Dr Manaka’s work introduced me to ideas about meridian frequencies and studying with the blind acupuncture teachers of the Toyohari Association opened my eyes (and hands) to the information stream from channel palpation.
In 2009 I got introduced to a very simple moxibustion tool in Japan, a piece of bamboo stuffed with moxa, and this triggered a Eureka moment, integrating all my previous disparate learnings and setting me on the path to become that Ontake guy, balancing channels with meridian frequency moxibustion.
Japanese acupuncture is usually very light, meaning treatment is minimal and palpation is soft. I take this lightness literally. While it’s important to be present when people are in pain, it’s also important to be make sessions fun, where appropriate. This is also true of teaching. People should enjoy what they learn and enjoy what they teach. I’ve had thirty years of fun practising acupuncture. I’m looking forward to thirty more.
Sean Sumner, PT
I am a physical therapist and best-selling author who has been able to find a new career in helping other health professionals like myself get their message out to the world through self-publishing. I have been practicing as a physical therapist for over 15 years with most of that time as an orthopedic clinical specialist working as the lead therapist in one of the nation's top Spine Centers. I have been lucky enough to be featured in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, as well as speak on stages for both authors and medical professionals and I am happy to be a resource and help anyone that I can with the knowledge that I have gained.
As a family man and father of two beautiful girls, I spend most of my off time now coaching their sports teams and trying to stay as involved as I can. This includes everything from volleyball, soccer, softball, and even downhill skiing where I recently became a certified USSA Alpine Ski Coach so that I could help coach them down the mountain on the ski team.